AASHE recently released the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication that recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the most recent calendar year.
Average scores from past years were included for the first time in this year’s SCI to allow for longitudinal comparisons and to highlight possible trends. This year’s SCI includes highlights from a new, optional Points of Distinction credit that allows institutions to identify programs, initiatives, or accomplishments that best reflect their leadership in advancing sustainability.
To date, STARS reports have been submitted by over 500 institutions in 16 countries, eight Canadian provinces, and 49 U.S. states. In recent months, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University became the 1st institution from Morocco to earn a STARS rating, while University of Tasmania became the first Australian institution to earn a STARS rating.